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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Darkest Hour - Movie Review


The Movie: Darkest Hour

The Director: Joe Wright

The Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane

The Story: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Greatest Showman - Movie Review


The Movie: The Greatest Showman

The Director: Michael Gracey

The Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson

The Story: Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Pitch Perfect 3 - Movie Review


The Movie: Pitch Perfect 3

The Director: Trish Sie

The Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Gregnar, Chrissie Fit, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Lithgow, Matt Lanter, Buy Burnet, Alexis Knapp, DJ Khaled,

The Story: Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Movie Review


The Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The Director: Jake Kasdan

The Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner

The Story: Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Shape of Water - Movie Review


The Movie: The Shape of Water

The Director: Guillermo Del Toro

The Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy, Stewart Arnott, Nigel Bennett

The Story: In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Spoiler Free First Thoughts


The Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Director: Rian Johnson

The Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong'o, Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suatamo, Veronica Ngo

The Story: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jigsaw - Movie Review


The Movie: Jigsaw

The Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

The Cast: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Clé Bennett, Laura Vandervoort, Paul Braunstein, Mandela Van Peebles, Brittany Allen

The Story: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Roman J. Israel, Esq. - Movie Review


The Movie: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The Director: Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

The Cast: Denzel Washington, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell

The Story: Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Movie Review


The Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Director: Martin McDonagh

The Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving

The Story: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Trailer Debut - Avengers: Infinity War



No words necessary, just watch and enjoy.








Sunday, November 26, 2017

Coco - Movie Review


The Movie: Coco

The Directors: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

The Cast:  Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Edward James Olmos, John Ratzenberger

The Story: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

Wonder - Movie Review


The Movie: Wonder

The Director: Stephen Chbosky

The Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Elle McKinnon, Daveed Diggs, Millie Davis, Ali Liebert, Danielle Rose Russell

The Story: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Justice League - Movie Review


The Movie: Justice League

The Director: Zack Snyder

The Cast: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton

The Story: DC Comics super heroes band together to save the planet from certain destruction.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2017 Hawaii International Film Festival Recap


While I wasn't able to attend the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival, I was able to check out a few of the films and what I saw was pretty darn good. The festival took place at several different venues and featured a very diverse schedule filled with feature films, short films, documentaries, and special events all of which were in some way connected to regions around the Pacific Rim.

Zan (HIFF 2017) - Documenatry Review



The Documentary: Zan

The Director: Rick Grehan

The Story: This film follows imageMILL’s Yu Kisami as he brings us on a journey of discovery, aided by NGO NACJS. We meet the people who are working tirelessly to protect this beautiful part of the world, a natural heritage for Japan.

Mon Mon Mon Monsters (報告老師! 怪怪怪怪物!) (HIFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: Mon Mon Mon Monsters (報告老師! 怪怪怪怪物!)

The Director: Giddens Ko

The Cast: James Lai, Meng Tao, Yu-Kai Deng, Kent Tsai, Eugenie Liu

The Story: A man-eating monster hunts down a group of high school bullies who have captured and are torturing her little sister.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lady Bird (HIFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: Lady Bird

The Director: Greta Gerwig

The Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith, Odeya Rush

The Story: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bad Genius (ฉลาดเกมส์โกง) (HIFF 2017) - Movie Review


The Movie: Bad Genius (ฉลาดเกมส์โกง)

The Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya

The Cast: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Chanon Santinatornkul, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Eisaya Hosuwan

The Story: Inspired by actual events, a group of high school students hatch a plan to profit off of their brains by selling the answers to standardized exams.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 Portland Film Festival Recap


The 2017 Portland Film Festival has come and gone and, from everything I've seen, heard, and read, it was yet another smashing success! I am very happy to have once again had the opportunity to see a few of the films that were presented during the festival and have collected my reviews here for easy access. You will also find a list of films that took home awards from this year's festival as well as my own "Festival Favorite" pick for this year.

Fake Blood (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



Movie Review: Fake Blood

Director: Rob Grant

The Story: Rob Grant and Mike Kovac receive a disturbing fan video inspired by their previous horror movie Mon Ami, motivating them to investigate the responsibility of filmmakers in portraying violence in movies. In their pursuit of the truth they are unwittingly introduced to the real world of violent criminals and their victims.

Break the Chain (PDXFF 2017) - Documentary Review



The Movie: Break the Chain

The Directors: Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason

The Story: The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards. Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed. Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18. - BreakTheChainFilm.com

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Secret Santa (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: Secret Santa

The Director: Adam Marcus

The Cast: A Leslie Kies, Michael Rady, Michelle Renee Allaire, Pat Destro, Drew Lynch, Curtis Fortier, John Gilbert, Nathan Hedrick, Megan Helbing, Petra Areskoug, Ryan Leigh Seaton, Debra Sullivan, Michelle Allair, Freddy John James, Eddie Jordan III

The Story: A dysfunctional Christmas party turns deadly when an unexpected gift brings out the evil in everyone and turns the yuletide festivities into a fight for survival.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Hollow Child (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: The Hollow Child

The Director: Jeremy Lutter

The Cast: Jessica McLeod, Hannah Cheramy, John Emmet Tracy, Jana Mitsoula, Genevieve Buechner, Connor Stanhope, Johannah Newmarch

The Story: A troubled foster teen, Samantha, works to expose a dangerous supernatural impostor in her new family and rescue her foster sister.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok - Movie Review



The Movie: Thor: Ragnarok

The Director: Taika Waititi

The Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi

The Story: This is what Thor and Hulk were doing during Civil War.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blue (HIFF 2017) - Documentary Review



The Documentary: Blue

The Director: Karina Holden

The Story: Blue is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

Brown's Canyon (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: Brown's Canyon

The Director: John Helde

The Cast: Lisa Every, Eric Jordan, Carter Rodriquez, Jenn Ruzumna, Sara Rucker Thiessen

The Story: Two self-help gurus plan to resuscitate their careers by co-hosting a women’s mindfulness retreat in the Utah wilderness. When surprise guests, a mudslide and a bowl of spoiled chili thwart their plans, their own lives unravel over one awkward weekend.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The VelociPastor (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: The VelociPastor

The Director: Brendan Steere

The Cast: Gregory James Cohan, Alyssa Kempinski, Fernando Pacheco De Castro, Jesse Turits, Daniel Steere,

The Story: After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wol-ha: Very Bad Moon Rising (PDXFF 2017) - Movie Review



The Movie: Wol-ha: Very Bad Moon Rising

The Director: Oh In-chun

The Story: Commissioned by a mysterious international collector with a large sum of money, a party makes an expedition to find “the tomb of Kisaeng Wolhyang”.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thank You for Your Service - Movie Review


The Movie: Thank You for Your Service

Director: Jason Hall

The Cast: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beaulah Koale, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer, Erin Darke, Scott Haze, Omar J. Dorsey, Brad Beyer

The Story: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

Only the Brave - Movie Review


The Movie: Only the Brave

The Director: Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion)

The Cast: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly,

The Story: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

TwoOhSix Picks - 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival


Aloha! I am very excited to once again be providing press coverage for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) which features a very unique perspective on film making while focusing on movies that come from all over the world with a heavy influence from the Asia/Pacific regions. After perusing this year's festival schedule, I have hand picked a selection of the films that I personally would not want to miss along with a few I have already seen and would highly recommend.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Annabelle: Creation - Movie Review


The Movie: Annebelle: Creation

The Director: David F. Sandberg (Lights Out)

The Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Stephanie Sigman

The Story: 12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the doll maker's possessed creation.

Monday, October 23, 2017

TwoOhSix Picks - 2017 Portland Film Festival


The 2017 Portland Film Festival, one of the "coolest film festivals in the world", is back with a slate of films, events, workshops, and parties that any film fan would fall in love with. After taking a look at this year's lineup, I've put together a selection of movies that have caught my attention and feature genres that I love to watch.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TwoOhSix Picks - Amplify Her at the SIFF Uptown


On Thursday, October 26th, Seattle's very own SIFF Uptown Cinema will be hosting the "Purple Carpet Tour" which features Amplify Her, a mostly local and all female made documentary, graphic novel, and animated motion comic series that explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene. It is a collaborative exploration of feminism within corporate culture and shows how women can thrive when creativity and passion is given an opportunity to push through industry constraints.

Award-winning filmmakers Ian MacKenzie and Nicole Sorochan 
This is going to be a fantastic multi media event that will also include an after party with an all female DJ lineup performing at Re-Bar including WALA, one of the women featured in the documentary. Tickets are available exclusively through the Eventbrite ticketing page. General admission tickets are available as well as special VIP tickets that include a copy of the ground breaking graphic novel.






Saturday, October 21, 2017

Geostorm - Movie Review


The Movie: Geostorm

The Director: Dean Devlin

The Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Amr Waked, Adepero Oduye, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Zazie Beets

The Story: Disaster threatens the planet after weather controlling satellites are compromised.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Battle of the Sexes - Movie Review


The Movie: Battle of the Sexes

The Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

The Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Fred Armisen, Eric Christian Olson, Martha MacIsaac, Jessica McNamee, Lewis Pullman, Chris Parnell

The Story: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Marshall - Movie Review


The Movie: Marshall

The Director: Reginald Hudlin

The Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell, Keesha Sharp, Roger Guenveur Smith , John Magaro, Ahna O'Reilly

The Story: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

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